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Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a crippling condition in which bones progressively become weaker and weaker, causing a stooped posture and making the individual extremely susceptible to bone fractures. The term osteoporosis means “porous bones”. It is reaching epidemic proportions in this country and throughout the world.  We have put together a list of signs and symptoms of osteoporosis below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis include:

Often there are no overt signs and symptoms of osteoporosis, but watch for the following danger signs:

  • Backache
  • Easily broken bones
  • A stooped posture
  • A dowager’s hump
  • Sleeves and hems that are too long

Fifty years ago, most people had never even heard of osteoporosis. Nowadays, symptoms from osteoporosis result in more deaths among women than ovarian and breast cancer combined, and result in more deaths among men than prostate cancer.   Half of all women over age 50, and one in eight men of similar age, will experience  osteoporosis-related symptoms at some time during their life.   Equally distressing, over half of all hip fracture survivors will remain permanently disabled.

Osteoporosis Diagnosis

The best test for testing your bone density is an x-ray known as the DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan.  Another good test to monitor current bone metabolism is a urine test that measures bone breakdown.  When bone breaks down, two substances are released in the urine, deoxpyridinium and pyridinium.  The rate of excretion parallels the rate of bone turnover.  When high levels show up in the urine, it signifies that there is likely too much bone breaking down.

Books for People With Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis For Dummies
Carolyn Riester O’Connor
The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Osteoporosis (Cleveland Clinic Guides)
Abby Abelson

Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis : What You Can Do About Bone Loss–A Leading Expert’s Natural Approach to Increasing Bone Mass
Alan Gaby
The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis: How to Improve Bone Strength and Reduce Your Fracture Risk (Whole Body Healing Series)
R. Keith McCormick

Osteoporosis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Osteoporosis Foundation

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones.

  • Osteoporosis Advice

This is a discussion forum about osteoporosis … Welcome to the Osteoporosis Advice Forums – A place to talk about osteoporosis.

  • MD Junction

Osteoporosis Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Osteoporosis.

  • National Osteoporosis Society

A forum to discuss osteoporosis, bone health, and anything else related to osteoporosis – provided by the National Osteoporosis Society.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers risk factors, treatment, prevention of this condition of weakened bones.

  • Web MD

From symptoms to treatment options, find in-depth news and information to help cope with osteoporosis.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.